A popular face-editing app developed in Russia is now catching the attention of the FBI. Senator Schumer is asking the FBI to investigate the app, as the app requires “full and irrevocable access to [users’] personal photos and data.”
Former NSA contractor, Harold Martin, was sentenced to nine years in prison for stealing highly sensitive hacking tools developed by the NSA. Prosecutors say that Martin did not disseminate any of the stolen tools.
Iranian media is reporting that Iran seized a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. While the situation is still developing, this seizure may be in retaliation for an Iranian tanker seized by the UK as it headed for Syria.
Turkey launched airstrikes against Kurdish rebel targets in Iraq after a Turkish diplomat was killed there. While there is no claim of responsibility from Kurdish fighters, Turkey has retaliated against the group.
Foreign hackers were successful in 2016 and they will be back in the future. To protect U.S. elections, Microsoft is offering free election security software to protect U.S. voting machines.
Eye for an eye, drone for a drone: President Trump said the USS Boxer shot down an Iranian drone when the drone got too close and refused to stand down.
Newly released federal search warrants detail Trump’s deep involvement in his hush money scheme to hide his affair and protect his campaign in 2016. This scheme is illegal under federal campaign finance laws.
Ursula von der Leyen was elected as President of the European Commission. Leyen, former German defense minister, is the first woman elected to hold the E.U.’s top position.
Trump says that Turkey will not be getting F-35 fighter jets. Turkey’s purchase of Russian anti-air missile systems put the F-35 deal in jeopardy, as the linking of the jet and the missile system would have compromised the jet’s security.
Pending his trial, Roger Stone will be banned from using social media for any reason. This punishment comes after Stone blatantly violated his gag order.
North Korea, upset at upcoming U.S.-South Korea military drills, is threatening to end its 20 month suspension of nuclear and missile testing. Trump, who prizes his work with North Korea, may be tempted to give in to their pressure.
Monsoon rains caused floods and landslides killing more than 100 in South Asia and leaving millions affected. Some areas have received nearly 16 inches of rain within the last few days.
The House will vote today on a resolution condemning Trump’s racist tweets from this weekend. It is unlikely that many GOP lawmakers will vote to condemn Trump.
Dissatisfied with the current state of the GOP, former Congressman Mark Sanford is considering a presidential run. Sanford would run as a Republican, directly challenging President Trump.
Kellyanne Conway is now the latest WH official to ignore a congressional subpoena. The House Oversight Committee is likely to vote soon on holding Conway in contempt of Congress.
Unsurprisingly, Julian Assange was never a journalist. New information details Assange’s central role in Russia’s 2016 election interference campaign. Assange is directly linked with working with Russian and other foreign hackers.
“Trump is a bigot and doesn’t even bother to hide it. In fact — and this is the truly appalling part — he parades his bigotry in the expectation that it will win him votes.”
The House will vote on a resolution condemning President Trump’s latest racist tweets. The vote may be a test for GOP lawmakers as they debate sticking with Trump or voting to condemn his comments.
Tensions between Canada and China worsen as China detains another Canadian, this time on dubious drug allegations. China has now arrested 3 Canadians in total and sentenced another to death for drug trafficking.
The fight for free and fair elections rages on in Russia. More than 1,000 people took to the streets of Moscow after several independent candidates for local office were removed from the ballot. Police arrested dozens of protesters.
China’s economic growth slows to 6.2%, the slowest in nearly 30 years. While Trump takes credit, the slowdown is likely due to China’s development. Economic growth is expected to slow as economies get stronger.
How does Trump follow up on his latest racist Twitter tirade? By demanding that those he attacked apologize to him, the U.S., and Israel. Additionally, GOP lawmakers have almost been completely silent on Trump’s racist Twitter attack.
Trump is implementing a new asylum rule that is aimed at stopping asylum seekers from Central America. Under the new rule, asylum seekers must apply for refugee status in the first country they enter, rather than at the U.S. border.
The U.S. is seeking life in prison for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Chapo’s time as the leader of the Sinaloa cartel was filled with ordered murders and the shipment of billions of dollars worth of drugs to the U.S.
China’s subtle influence and espionage campaign deepens in Europe. Students living abroad are taught to “turn patriotic feelings into patriotic deeds … tightly tie your own ideals to the destiny of the motherland!”
Dan Coats’ time as DNI may be running out. Trump has reportedly been discussing replacements and has even considered downsizing the role.
Despite several warnings from the U.S., Turkey is moving forward with its purchase of the Russian S-400 missile system. Relations between Ankara and Washington are already poor, will the U.S. keep its word and sanction Turkey?
Were you excited to hear Robert Mueller testify to Congress in a few days? Well, put that excitement on hold because it appears that his testimony will now be delayed until July 24th.
Another round of talks between Maduro and Guaido envoys ended after a week of meetings in Barbados. Norway, who is mediating the talks, says that despite no agreement being reached, talks will continue.
It appears that Trump will end his efforts to have a citizenship question on the census. After legal defeat in the Supreme Court, Trump was only left with the possibility of some sort of executive action to try and place the question.
I.C.E. is planning on arresting thousands of migrant families who already received court orders to be removed. The planned removal was previously postponed, and has been bemoaned by several members of Congress.
The House goes on the offensive once again. The House Judiciary Committee authorized subpoenas for more than a dozen individuals, including Jared Kushner, on issues relating to obstruction of justice and family separation.
Three Iranian boats tried to stop a British oil tanker as it passed through the Strait of Hormuz. The intercept was unsuccessful as a Royal Navy frigate intervened and trained its guns on the Iranian boats.
Undeterred after a defeat in the Supreme Court, Trump is expected to pursue some executive action to try to get the citizenship question placed on the census. It is not clear what the action would be.
“We don’t know if Mr. Darroch tried to explain that aberrant behavior in one of his cables. But he did write that the Trump administration was unlikely “to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept.” To which we can only say: Right you are, Mr. Ambassador.”
Senior U.S. and Russian diplomats met for talks in Helsinki. The talks centered on easing tensions between the countries, with a focus on Venezuela. Detained American Paul Whelan was also discussed. No progress has been made through the talks.
New Orleans is flooded with most areas receiving 6-10 inches of rain. The flooding is likely only a precursor to more violent weather as tropical storm Barry gains strength off the coast.
China is continuing to pump millions of dollars of loans and grants into the country of Tonga. Tonga’s debts to China now have reached $108M, or the equivalent of 25% of Tonga’s GDP. While it is not clear what China wants in the South Pacific, it may be eyeing Tonga as a foothold to project power to the West.
Despite Huawei being placed on the U.S. export blacklist, the U.S. will allow some U.S. firms to sell to Huawei where there is not a threat to national security. It is not clear which parts will be allowed to be sold.